A demonstrator confronts police during a protest after police allegedly shot and killed a man, who local media report is identified by the victim's mother as Daunte Wright, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, U.S., April 11, 2021.
A demonstrator confronts police during a protest after police allegedly shot and killed a man, who local media report is identified by the victim’s mother as Daunte Wright, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, U.S., April 11, 2021. REUTERS/Nick Pfosi

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

A curfew has been imposed after tear gas was used against protesters in Minneapolis following the police killing of a Black man Sunday during a traffic stop. Daunte Wright, 20, was killed by police in Minneapolis 10 miles away from the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer who is currently on trial facing murder charges for his role in the death of George Floyd.

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as an accidental discharge in a press conference Monday, in which the officer in question reportedly meant to draw a taser and not a firearm. “Taser! Taser! Taser!” can be heard in the body camera footage following a gunshot, with the officer then exclaiming “Holy (expletive)! I shot him.”

Police stated that Wright was being taken into custody following a routine traffic stop after learning that he had outstanding arrest warrants, where police say he then re-entered his vehicle and was subsequently shot by police before driving several blocks before crashing into another vehicle. 

Wright’s mother says her son called her during the incident, stating that he was being stopped by police because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror. Police report that their body cameras were on during the incident and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is launching an investigation into the shooting. 

The National Guard was summoned by the state to respond to reports of gunshots fired near the police precinct as well as protestors throwing rocks and other objects at the Brooklyn Park Police Department following news of the shooting. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that around 20 businesses have been broken into in a nearby shopping center.

The defense team representing Chauvin petitioned to sequester and re-question the jury following news of the latest police killing, however, the motion was denied by the judge presiding over the case. Judge Peter Cahill cited the difference in George Floyd’s case and Wright’s, noting that sequestering could be a possibility in the event that someone reaches out to a juror in an attempt to sway their opinion.

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Violence erupts after police fatally shoot Black man in Brooklyn Center – Star Tribune – 4/12/2021
A Brooklyn Center police officer fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon, inflaming already raw tensions between police and community members in the midst of the Derek Chauvin trial.

National Guard Deployed In Minneapolis After Fatal Police Shooting – The Daily Wire – 4/12/2021
“Police used tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets on the crowd,” said the paper. “National Guard troops arrived just before midnight as looters targeted the Brooklyn Center Walmart and nearby shopping mall. Several businesses around the Walmart were completely destroyed, including Foot Locker, T Mobile, and a New York men’s clothing store.”

Daunte Wright shooting – latest: Bodycam footage shows officer drew gun instead of Taser – The Independent – 4/12/2021
Court proceedings have resumed in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes in the street last summer. Having helped spark a nationwide (and worldwide) uprising against police racism and violence, he faces charges of manslaughter and murder.

Protests Erupt After Police Shoot and Kill 20-Year-Old Daunte Wright During Traffic Stop In Minnesota – The Root – 4/12/2021
Details about the shooting are still being gathered, but so far this is what we know, according to the New York Times: Officers pulled Wright over Sunday afternoon for a traffic violation and discovered that he had outstanding warrants. Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, said her son called her as he was being pulled over and she told him to give his phone to the officer so she could provide the auto insurance information.

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